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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:58 pm 
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Has anyone been seduced by the 900 Lumens lights that you can get on ebay. I've got a 180 lumens Fenix torch that doubles as a pretty bright bike light but could do with a bit more. I mainly ride on unlit country roads where spotting gravel on a fast corner is a real bonus.

What are the panel using, recommend away, but please stay away from the kind that cost as much as a retrobike.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:22 pm 
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I got the Luu 900 lumen job from Planet-X last winter - more than adequate for unlit roads at any speed - makes my previous 200 lumen job seem puny. My mate has a Lupine that kicks out over a 1200 lumens - I often think we're being followed by a car with lights on full beam - nicely built but stupid money. The Magic Shine got good initial reviews but reliability is an issue.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 9:46 pm 
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Lots of these SSC P7 based 900 lumens (cough, cough) lights around and having compared one to one of the £1.50 ones that LGF first spotted, I'd rather have two of them at 200 lumens each than one of the Chinese 900 roo-mens ones any day!

Yup the Lupine Betty 7 or 14 is way overpriced for what it is. That having been said, my slightly cheaper 1650 lumens Tiger Lights eats them! 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:42 pm 
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I've got a Fenix L2D as well. I find it more than adequate but have often wondered what it would be like with 900+ lumens :D


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 9:52 am 
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900 lumens is pretty damn bright for road use, it would dazzle oncoming traffic pretty bad!


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:14 pm 
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The beam on these is on the narrow side, so pointed at the road surface in front of you shouldn't do much harm. 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:34 pm 
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yes, I have my 180 lumen angled downward as that is too bright to look at for car drivers, I was wondering about another 180 to 300 lumen torch from a good company like fenix, or risk the same amount of dosh on a 900 lumens one from ebay. I doubt very much they actually through out 900 lumens though, but hey how many of us really understand lumens :)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:36 pm 
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also, where I live there are a network of old lanes that hardly ever see a car so other traffic is not a problem, it's the obstacles in the road that I need extra light to throw down on.


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Ive bitten the bullet and gone for some Ay ups...........they seem to be the best bang for your buck...............and its my birthday in 1 hour 50 mins, so sod it

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 11:39 pm 
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It's not how big your lumens are, it's what you do with them that counts.
I had two sets of Niteflux lights that were 900+ lumens. My first set were fine, but packed up. The replacement set clearly used either different LEDs or reflector, but whatever they were dreadful. They soon packed up as well and I went back to my old Joystick at 240 lumens tops?, but were more useful on the trail than the more powerful Niteflux jobs.
I now have Light & Motion Seca Race 700's The actual output puts my mates still working Niteflux units to shame. In fact I only use mine on the lowest setting for off road night rides.


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